Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of Junior Eurovision will travel to Belarus to track the preparations for the 2018 contest.
Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand will make his first trip of 2018 to Belarus as the country prepares to host this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Mr Sand will arrive in the country on January 18.
Mr Sand will meet with representatives of BTRC, the Belarusian national broadcaster to discuss the provisional plans for Junior Eurovision 2018. At the meeting, discussions will also take place regarding the venue that will host the contest in November.
Belarus has previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and held the contest at the Minsk Arena. The Minsk Arena is strongly tipped to be announced as the venue for this years contest.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began. Olga Salamankha explained that Belarus was selected as the host for next years contest over other bids due to their long-term commitment to the competition. Belarus is one of a handful of countries to consistently hold a televised selection process to select their participants. Furthermore, the stability of Belarus as a nation was cited as a factor.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the contest:
- Belarus – Host nation
- The Netherlands